Meet the Leaders – Eve Tubb

We love being Leaders at Connexions and thought you might be curious to know a little bit more about us. In the first of our Series we talk to Eve Tubb, our newest Leader from our Oxford group.

What is your background?

I have 20 years of Human Resources experience, mainly throughout the hospitality industry. I have worked for Hilton, Jurys Inns and Millennium and Copthorne Hotel.

Following a short career break to have my second child I decided to take my HR career in a different direction and met with the owner of Businessynergy, a HR Consultancy based in Pershore. 2 years later and it is the best career decision I ever made. I love the diversity of working with SMEs in a variety of industries to support them in managing their people and business.

1. Who is your heroine?

So many to choose from and not one of them famous. If I have to choose 1 then I will go with my first manager in HR! She is now one of my closest friends, I have admired her work ethic for over 20 years, but over the past few years her life has been turned upside down following a personal tragedy that would have broken most people.

I see her positivity every day, leading life to the full and never taking anything for granted. Some days it’s easy to let life get you down and it’s people like her that give me the kick up the backside I need to remember how good I have got it. 

2. What was the last book you read?

Aliens love underpants (I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old – I haven’t read a book of my own for over 3 years!)

3. What is your favourite thing about what you do?

I can’t deny that I do love to get my teeth into a disciplinary and a restructure, but the outcomes give you the best feeling, knowing that we are helping businesses and their people to be the best that they can be.  

4. Who was your first crush?

Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block 

5. What is your favourite thing about The Connexions?

  • The flexibility of attending when it suits you and your business;
  • The relaxed environment that each of the groups have;
  • The variety of speakers who inspire us with their talks.

5. What was your first job?

A waitress at Poppins Restaurant (café) when I was 14

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Unclear recycling information on products – we know that we need to be better at recycling but without a magnifying glass it is hard to see how and if items can be recycled sometimes – this needs to get better!

7. What did you want to be when you were little?

A journalist – you’ll see from my answers above, this was never going to be the case, but it was a childhood dream, that and working in a shoe shop.

If you would like to find out more about attending Eve’s Oxford group please get in touch hello@theconnexionfwib.co.uk

7 Top Tips for Networking

Even in a world where online marketing is used more and more, face to face networking is still important. Not just to make contacts and connections but also for company and conversation, particularly if you work on your own.  For some, however, networking is far outside of their comfort zone.   Having to speak to strangers, standing up and introducing yourself in front of a room of people or having to “sell” yourself or your business?  Oh the horrors!   

At our Connexions meetings our Leaders work hard to make sure that everyone feels welcome and our informal style of meeting and introductions is designed to make you feel at ease.  Here are our seven top tips for you to get the most out of network meetings:

Tip 1 – Arrive Early

Nobody wants to arrive at a meeting feeling a bit flustered or panicky because they have arrived late.  Always give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue and find a parking space (if it’s the first time you have been to a venue or meeting then check out the parking situation beforehand).  Most networking meetings start with open networking so arriving early also means you can be one of the first people to say hello and start a conversation.  If you are a little shy it is so much easier to start a conversation than to arrive late and feel like you have to interrupt conversations that have already started. 

Tip 2 – Remember Your Business Cards

An obvious one but make sure you have your business cards with you.  Always keep spares in your car or bag just in case you need them.  If you strike up a conversation with someone offer to swap business cards.  Even if you can’t see yourself doing business with them personally they may know someone who could use your services or vice versa so you could form a referrer relationship. 

Tip 3 – Smile!

Smiling and making eye contact can feel scary but it is one of the best ways to make connections.  Smiling will not only make you feel more relaxed but it will also make you more approachable to others.   Would you rather approach someone who is smiling at you and making eye contact or someone who looks unhappy and is looking at anything but the other people in the room?

Tip 4 – Circulate

You don’t have to speak to everyone but you should circulate.  When you start a conversation with someone or you see someone you know it can feel more comfortable to just stay where you are particularly if you are feeling a bit nervous. Ideally you should move around when you can (the type of meeting may make this easier or more difficult) but at the very least involve other networkers in your conversation when you can. 

Tip 5 – Be Yourself

When uncertain of a situation it can be very tempting to pretend to be someone you’re not because you feel embarrassed and shy.  Good networking is all about making honest connections so you need to be yourself.  People still do business with people and they are much more likely to do business with you if you are genuine and honest. 

Tip 6 – Ask questions

Nerves can make you either not talk at all or only talk about yourself but to really figure out if someone is a potential customer or collaborator you need to ask lots of questions and be interested in them and their business.  Never assume that someone is or isn’t your customer until you have found out more about them.  

Tip 7 – Be Positive

If you go into a network meeting thinking that no-one will talk to you and that you won’t find any customers then that’s probably what you’ll end up with! Plan what you want to say about you or your business before hand (but don’t recite it verbatim as that sounds robotic) and set yourself small goals.  If you are nervous or new to networking then you could aim to speak to 3 new people or aim to swap four business cards.  When you are feeling a little more confident aim to get one follow up conversation or a follow up meeting.  

If you want to join other women in business for conversation, connections and some great speakers then check out our groups and upcoming dates.   We look forward to seeing you there. 

Welcome

Welcome to The Connexion for Women in Business and to our Connexions Blog.

Watch this space for lots of lovely blogs from our leaders, speakers and guest bloggers. We are just getting started but we have lots of plans for blogs on everything from mindfulness to networking to marketing advice to practical business tips and, of course, more information on how to get the most from Connexions.

It really is lovely to have you with us for our Connexions journey. We are both passionate about helping other women in business to grow their connections, networks and business. No-one is too small, or too big, to join us and we welcome all women in business from any industry.

We very much look forward to meeting more and more of you at our groups.

Donna and Amy x